RTA to build solar-powered bus shelters in Dubaiby Neha Bhatia on Jun 29, 2015
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), revealed the transport authority is set to carry out Phase II of the construction of air-conditioned bus shelters for riders of public buses in Dubai.
Under the project’s remit, 400 bus shelters, air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned, will be constructed across various parts of Dubai, based on the volume of demand in each area. Upon completion, the project will raise the total number of bus shelters in the city to 1,285.
Al Tayer unveiled a new model design for solar-powered bus shelters, which will be powered by solar panels to generate enough electricity to illuminate the shelter, and attached advertising signs, in areas where electric current is low or absent.
"Phase II of Bus Shelters project is part of RTA 's continuous endeavours to maintain its excellence and pioneering drive through undertaking quality projects in Dubai,” Al Tayer said.
"The newly designed crescent-shaped shelters are manufactured of high quality materials, and using paints resistant to heat, humidity and dust. They will also be fitted with modern air-conditioning systems, and eight seats custom-made to give added convenience to users.
"The shelter, which can accommodate 13 to 16 individuals, is also friendly to the use of disabled persons, and will be fitted with screens directly linked with the control room of Public Transport Agency in order to transmit information about journeys and routes available," Al Tayer continued.
The shelters will be fabricated of a reinforced polyester-covered aluminum in order to protect the structures from tough elements, and seats will be made of rigorous, low-heat absorption materials for the convenience of users.
“The protective solar sheets are made of glazed material distributed on the basis of an engineering and technical model preventing the permeation of as much as possible of sunlight to seated users. The solar panels are made of high quality efficient materials to generate and distribute electricity in such a way enabling maximum exposure, and concentration of sunlight to convert it into electric power. LED lights will be used to power billboards to economise on the use of electric power," Al Tayer revealed.
“Through this project, RTA seeks to provide an attractive element enticing people to use mass transit means, and accordingly push the share of public transport in the daily mobility of persons in Dubai from 6% in 2006 to 20% in 2020, and further to 30% by 2030. In 2014, the RTA succeeded in raising this rate to as much as 14%.”
RTA has completed Phase I of the air-conditioned shelters, which comprised the construction of 885 shelters at 635 bus stops.